Lot # 77: 1887 N175 Gypsy Queen Buck Ewing - Newly Discovered!

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 25 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2019",
which ran from 3/6/2019 3:10 PM to
3/24/2019 6:00 PM

Graded VG+ 3.5 by SGC (submitted by REA). Presented is a remarkable newly discovered N175 "Small" Gypsy Queen of New York Giants Hall of Famer Buck Ewing! This card (along with six additional small N175 Gypsy Queens, all offered in this auction) was one of the highlights of a large totally untouched collection of nineteenth-century baseball tobacco cards consigned to this auction, which has remained in the family of the original owner for decades. Gypsy Queen was one of Goodwin's tobacco brands. This card is the same size and general format as N172 Old Judge, but with a slightly different design, and advertising for Goodwin's Gypsy Queen brand of tobacco. There has always been some confusion as to the catalog number of the smaller Gypsy Queens (similar in size to N172s and not to be confused with the even rarer large N175 Gypsy Queens, of which nine different cards are known) because the American Card Catalog does not distinguish between the two sizes of cards represented by "N175." This is a very pleasing card, with even corner wear, and centering to the left edge. The card has an extremely strong image, a quality highly prized among nineteenth-century collectors, and the blank reverse is clean. A surface crease in the lower right corner of the reverse accounts for the assigned grade. Rarely offered Hall of Famer example from this unusual Old Judge-related nineteenth-century issue. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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